Envy, Strife, and Division…

Read: 1 Corinthians 1-4
Marked: 1 Corinthians 3:4, For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I [am] of Apollos,” are you not carnal?

Paul begins 1 Corinthians arbitrating a division occurring in the Corinthian church. They were experiencing contentions because they were dividing according to who they followed.

One considered himself better, or greater, than another because of who he was following. But division according to party or clique has no place in the church. These sorts of divisions and contentions show carnality and carnality shows immaturity.

We can’t speak to the carnal as spiritual people but only as babes in Christ (V13). Babes in Christ need milk and can’t handle solid food because they’re not able to receive it (V2). Where there is envy, strife, and division, there is carnality. And where there is carnality, there is immaturity.


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